One of the things I never see Breaking Bad get credit for is that the “Mr. Chips becomes Scarface” story doesn’t have the usual bit about the criminal’s rise to power being accompanied by new symbols of opulence. No mansion or closet full of tailored suits; there’s the one scene where Walter and his son drive the cars into the parking lot, but that’s it. It’s never about a real move up the economic ladder, it’s just about Walter trying to get the money itself.
It sets it apart from typical ‘criminal’s rise’ stories.
78 plays in, what, five days? Yeah, I guess that is one of my favorite songs now.
Breaking Bad! You can’t end an episode like that!
You know one of the big things about The Amazing Spider-Man that made the movie fall flat for me? The idea that Peter’s parents were involved in some nefarious conspiracy and that his origin comes about because he’s investigating their disappearance and Norman Osbourne’s company is at the heart of all of it.
And now the trailer for ASM 2 implies this will be the norm, constant hints and teases of a grander payoff down the line, maybe something involving the Sinister Six.
Even though Spider-Man has never been a ‘grand saga’ franchise but rather a personal story of one individual trying to balance his sense of obligation with his own wishes.
As Movie Bob points out, this seems to a ‘follow the leader’ of the Avengers and its multi-movie world-building success (not that it’s not without its own flaws: Iron Man 3 made no sense without Nick Fury and SHIELD showing up, and Thor 2 suffered for the feeling that it was meant to serve as a bridge between Avengers 1 and 3 and not being able to stand as a Thor story by itself). Which is kind of weird considering ASM was made just so Sony could keep the movie rights to Spider-Man. Why are they even trying that hard to have a grand continuity? Just because Avengers was successful?
Unrelated: Movie Bob thinks Rhino will only be in one scene in ASM2. For no reason, let me give my theory:
Rhino appears in the opening. Giamatti steals the armor, puts it on when Spider-Man tries to stop him, gets beaten, doesn’t reappear until the sequel. Main story: Oscrop creates Electro, Spider-Man has to stop him. And there has to be some reason for Harry Osborne to start to step into the role of Green Goblin, so maybe he tries to turn Electro against Oscorp so he can stage a coup and steal the company from his father.
I don’t know. I don’t really care.
I don’t think I do well when my plans for the day are thrown out of whack.
A couple weeks ago I mentioned being tired of platformers, likening them to rhythm games without the music, and after beating the original Final Fantasy tonight my feelings regarding RPGs vs. platformers are reinforced. It took me a few tries to beat Chaos, but it wasn’t just a matter of trying again and again, waiting for the right moment to jump or move ahead. My ultimate success was dependent on utilizing the spells and equipment and items I’d acquired over the course of the game to a satisfactory effect.
That is what I want from a game, the feeling that as I progress my characters is/are becoming more capable, with more skills and power at their disposal.